Location: Mexican States of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Veracruz, and Tabasco
The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Hurricane Agatha will make landfall in Oaxaca, Mexico, this afternoon or evening, likely as a Category 2 storm. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall, and Agatha is forecast to dissipate over southeastern Mexico by late Tuesday.
The Mexican government has issued the following warnings:
— Hurricane Warning from Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, to Lagunas de Chacahua, Oaxaca.
— Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch from Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, to Barra De Tonala, Chiapas.
— Tropical Storm Warning from Barra De Tonala, Chiapas, to Boca de Pijijiapan, Chiapas and from Lagunas De Chacahua, Oaxaca to Punta Maldonado, Guerrero.
Storm surge is expected to produce extremely dangerous coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds near and to the east of where the center of Agatha makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Agatha will produce heavy rains over portions of southern Mexico by Sunday into Tuesday night. Life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides may occur in Oaxaca, Chiapas, and the eastern portions of Guerrero.
Large surf swells generated by Agatha will affect the coast of southern Mexico during the next day or two and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Actions To Take:
- Monitor the local news for updates, follow directions from local officials, and call 911 in case of emergency.
- Seek shelter if needed. See our listing of public shelters.
- Flights could be impacted. Check with your airline for updates.
- Monitor the National Hurricane Center and the Mexican National Meteorological Service (Servicio
Meteorológico Nacional) for updates on storm activity and emergency response.
- Keep your friends and loved ones up to date about your whereabouts via phone, text, and social media and let them know you are safe when possible.
- Visit the Department of State’s Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones page for more information.
- If you are a U.S. citizen traveling to or residing in Mexico, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive safety messages and other travel information.